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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is currently in the process of drafting regulations and a state hemp plan to submit to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NDA will not submit a state hemp plan until the USDA publishes their regulations to support the 2018 Farm Bill or December 31, 2019; whichever comes first. Once NDA’s state hemp plan is submitted to USDA, they have to review and approve the plan. NDA cannot issue licenses for the cultivation or processing of hemp until USDA has approved NDA’s state hemp plan. Please continue to check this website regularly for the latest information.

2019 Pilot Program
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) received 176 applications for the 2019 growing season by the June 28, 2019 deadline. A listing of those that applied can be found HERE.

As such, NDA approved a limited number of applicants. A listing of the currently approved and signed licensing agreements can be found HERE.

We appreciate the vast interest in this new commodity and feel it promotes promise for the future of this crop in our state.

About the Hemp Program
LB657, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and processing of hemp for research purposes in Nebraska under a licensing agreement until further action is taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To legally grow hemp in Nebraska, interested parties must receive a signed license agreement from NDA. Growing, handling and/or processing hemp without a signed license agreement from NDA is illegal in Nebraska.

Updated September 26, 2019